Before Joe Biden and Xi Jinping Meeting, Chinese and US Warships Seen in the Taiwan Strait


Before Joe Biden and Xi Jinping Meeting, Chinese and US Warships Seen in the Taiwan Strait
Chinese President Xi Jinping and United States President Joe Biden

International Military - It is known that warships belonging to China as well as the United States have traveled through the Taiwan strait. This was known on Friday, March 18, 2022, a few hours before the meeting of US President Joe Biden with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Quoted from the hill page, the meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping was scheduled for last Friday. Regarding this, Taiwan's defense ministry has also said this, although it did not provide detailed information. But in this case, Taiwan's defense ministry confirmed that it had been monitoring the ship.

"(we) emphasize that we are aware of and monitor all Chinese PLA aircraft and ships operating in the vicinity of the Tawan Strait," he said.

It is known that the two presidents will discuss several issues, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Not only that, they will also discuss the current tensions between China and Taiwan.

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It should be noted in advance that China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan, even though the island had been self-ruled for decades earlier.

In this regard, Chinese state media reported that Xi told Biden on Friday about the conflict between countries. This conflict has nothing to do with anyone's interests, and both countries must bear international responsibilities.

However, it is important to note that the movement of this ship is not something strange and new at this time, previously in December 2020 the Shandong ship also sailed through the region the day after a US warship passed the same route.

China has considered that Taiwan is part of its territory. Not only that, the Chinese side also explained that they vowed to retake the territory. They even emphasized that they would do this even if they had to be forced.

Relations between China and Taiwan have indeed become increasingly difficult since President Tsai Ingwen rejected Beijing's view that the region is one with China.

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